School Budget to be Introduced Tuesday
The most recent presentation called for a 1.86 percent increase.
The board of education is preparing to introduce its 2013-2014 school budget Tuesday with a possible 1.86 percent tax levy increase.
The most recent budget presentation detailed a $139,509,420 spending plan. Among other additions, the budget includes an extra $230,000 for increased security at the high school, namely a second school resource officer and two additional security personnel members.
In addition, the budget includes funds for the replacement of the roof at John F. Kennedy Primary School for $850,000, and the replacement of the high school air conditioning unit in the boiler room for $425,000.
The district also is budgeting for seven floater positions, which has been a topic of contention among board members and the public, who are unsure about the worth of budgeting for funds that may not be used.
Three of the positions are planned to be used for special education IEP compliance, and two others are planned to be used for needed positions at the high school.
Other projected costs at this point include $32,300 to add a bowling team to the high school, $45,000 for replacing the phone system at Adamsville Primary School, $15,000 for a new PA system at Bradley Gardens Primary and $125,000 for some repaving.
The district also is receiving flat state aid this year, getting $9,087,358 for the 2013-2014 school year.
Board of education president Patrick Breslin said he is disappointed in the stable aid, but is pleased that at least they are not losing money.
The budget is expected to be introduced Tuesday at 8 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Primary School, before it is sent to the county superintendent by March 7.
A budget hearing and final adoption is expected March 21.